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Sunday, September 18, 2016

DIY Solar Hot Water System


Hot Water on Demand. I demand it and normally don't get it. I have an electric one, it works well, but it waste money, time and water.

How you ask? Well with my plumbing, it goes from the unit to my kitchen sink, which is about 50 feet.  I have to run the water to get the unit to produce hot water, I have to wait for all the cold water to leave the 50 feet and then wait for the hot water to reach me. Time wasted. Plus 50 feet of water down the drain, and add 50 feet of hot water in electric, and another 50 feet wasted hot water sitting in the line after I am done washing dishes.


I went on youtube and re-searched DIY Solar Hot Water Systems. I never found anything I could do on a small scale. Most of them out there are huge, which wont fit in my yard at all. I needed something small.


Thought about it for sometime. And it came to me in a dream.

I went to my local hardware and grocery stores the next day. Here is the list that I bought:

1. - 5 gallon bucket w/ sealing lid
2. - 50' white garden hose.
3. - 1 can of flat black paint
4. - 2 gallons of cooking oil


Here are the steps:

1. Cut two holes as close to the top of the bucket.
2. Paint the bucket and lid with the Flat Black Paint. Let it dry.
3. Coil the hose in the bucket and put the ends through each holes.
4. Seal the gaps around the hoses.
5. Pour in the cooking oil.
6. Put the lid on
7. Hook up the hoses.
8. Turn on water
9. Wait and test the water.


The black paint on the bucket attracts the heat from the sun, it then transfers that heats to the oil, which then heats up the water in the hose.


I set this completely up in the early morning. I waited and waited. I thought I had made a dud. But as the day went on. I became excited.

High Noon

2:30 pm

4:30 pm

I left for work that day, I worked until 9:30 pm. Got home by 10 pm and needed to wash my hands. I turned on the hot water, and I still had very warm water. I am impressed with this.

It cost me all total $20 to make this. WoW I finally made something that works!!

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Friday, September 16, 2016

I am the Newest Admin on Gay & Bi Men Looking for Friends Facebook page.

I have been a member of this group for about 6 months. I enjoy the pictures and the conversations that goes on with the group. I've been making friends though this page.

A couple of weeks ago I saw this post in their page.

I thought about it for a few days and thought I could do this. I needed something else in my life.  I am always searching for a way to focus on something else other than my problems.

I contacted the founder of the group. His name is John.  We spoke online many times, and he wanted to talk to me via the phone. I gave him my number and we talked for over an hour. We have much in common.  John has become a very good friend. and I appreciate that so much.  We chat with each other every day. I enjoy our conversations. Its good to have someone that is new and gives me a new prospective on life.

After our conversation, he said I am going to add you as the new admin.

I have taken this position very serious. I have been adding things to the page, I even created a rules picture. Because I just dont think to many people read text these days. Where as a picture they will take the time to read it.

John has two pages. This one and the other one is LGBT Soldier and Veterans.  Between the two he has about 14,000 members. And they are growing all the time. Every day we have request to become new members.

I asked John if I was doing ok and he said....

I took this  as a huge complement.


John thank you so very much for this opportunity. I am happier now than I have been in the last few months. Thank you for becoming my friend too.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Depression Thou Heartless Bitch

This was the worst Depression I have been through yet.  I have been in and out of depression since I was 20 years old.

Over the years I have learned my trigger points and knew when and what to do or not to do, to get out of it. But this time was different, I didnt see it coming, it hit me so hard this time. And it seemed to come out of nowhere.

After my post in June is when it struck me.


I came home from work and from the store, that always puts me on the wrong side of everything. I have no air in my SUV. So I am hot and irritated. I put all the bags on the counter, and my brother said come with me I need to show you something.

So I am hot, I am irritated, I havent sat down all day, I didnt get a break at work. Can't it just wait?  No now.... I started steaming. Come on as he leads me back into the hot yard. Look up over the a/c unit. The wood is rotten and its got cracks in it and it looks like mold. When can you fix this, you know i have ...... bla....bla...bla...bla.... is all I heard. It was my breaking point.

I turned and snapped on him, I said if you want the fncking thing fixed then do it yourself. That was the last sentence I remember saying to him. What he told me later is I went on and on and on about it. Yelling and screaming, he said you was out of your mind. I've never seen you like this.

It was that day that I decided to talk to my doctor about it. She told me she would have the councillor give me a call. She called me the next day and told me that she was going down to part time and she was completely full. She suggest another company and gave me that phone number. I called them and got an appointment set, but it was in over a week.


I called my father to talk to him. Our conversation, went from happy to me being sad.
I made a promise to my mom that I would never ever tell my father our secret, but for whatever reason, I did tell him. For three hours I told him everything, from the age of 8 till now. It was all about being a preachers son.


The next day I went to work an 1/2 early just so I could talk to the GM. I told her straight up that I wanted out of the printing department. She asked me why?  The Supervisor of the department was on my very last nerve. I mean if I say its white, she says its black. The GM said she would try to figure something out.


The morning before the appointment, hurricane Hermine was approaching my state. It started raining and wow did it drop the water. I had a total of 5" of rain standing in my back yard. In the front it was over 12".

Front yard, there is a street out there too.
I called and cancelled my appointment. I was not in mood to drive in that kind of water. Poor excuse but it was an excuse never the less.  My brother hit the roof. He did not talk to me for almost two days. Then he said call them back, call them back. over and over again. lol He sounded like a needle on a record that got stuck.


I got a text message from my boss. It was the next weeks schedule. I looked at it, still in the printing department, but she gave me three days off in a row. It made me very happy. I thought yes a mini-vacation. I called a friend of mine and asked if I could come stay with him a couple of nights? He said sure come on. It had been at least 3 months since I've had 3 days off in a row. I was so excited that I was going somewhere. Somewhere to clear my mind and plus he has a tub. I will get the chance to just lay there and relax.  I only have a shower at my Mobile Mansion.  I spent two wonderful days at his place. It was so nice and relaxing.

On the second day, my operation manager calls me. I almost didnt answer it.  Hey Allen "I know you  are on your mini-vacation, but is there anyway you can work tomorrow?" I said I am not even in town, I went away for my mini-vacation. He said oh I thought you was still in town. Nope I went away, but I will be there tomorrow. They all know I like money. :)  I heard the Asst. Manager in the background saying thank you Allen. The OM said you just made her very happy.

For the past two weeks, I can say I am not completely out of the woods yet, but I am on the road to recovery. Yes I am going to still make an appointment.

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